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quintagroup.dropdownmenu package allows to build multilevel portal dropdown menu based on nested portal_actions categories inside portal_tab category as well as based on portal content structure.


This package allows Plone websites display multilevel portal dropdown menu based on nested portal_actions categories inside portal_tab category. It also allows to define whether to put content tabs before or after action tabs, and a bit more... For details see below.


You may have actions/content-based tabs as deep as you wish, but then you'll need to tweek default dropdown menu css rules a bit, default css rules show only the first 4 levels of tabs


Plone 3.x, Plone 4.0

Migration from qPloneDropDownMenu

In case qPloneDropDownMenu product was previously installed, it will automatically detect legacy settings, migrate it to a newly created settings registry and update portal_actions tool if required along with removing old portal_dropdownmenu one. Also installation procedure will uninstall qPloneDropDownMenu product itself (in case it's still installed) and clean up everything after it. Note: to successfully migrate old tabs it's required to have a valid html markup, otherwise migration procedure won't be able to move tabs correctly.


quintagroup.dropdownmenu can be installed as a Python package by adding it to eggs section of a buildout:

eggs =

Then Re-run buildout with:

   $ ./bin/buildout

Restart the Zope server with the following command in the terminal:

   $ ./bin/instance restart

Activate Plone Drop Down Menu via Quickinstaller in Plone: Site Setup -> Add-ons.


After installation in Plone, you'll see DropDown Menu item under Add-on Configuration, that include the following setting options:


quintagroup.dropdownmenu allows to create multilevel portal navigation using CMF Action Category containers. But the requirement is to have a specially named Action for each Actions Category. The id of each such action must be build using the rule:

    action_id = prefix + category_id + suffix


  • 'category_id' is id of correspondent CMF Action Category
  • 'prefix' defined in DropDownMenu configlet, default value -
  • 'suffix' defined in DropDownMenu configlet, default value - _sub

So, to create the following 3-level portal dropdown menu:

  • Go to ZMI -> portal_actions -> portal_tabs
  • Add CMFActions to represent navigation first-level items (ids: folder1, folder2) and CMF Action Categorys to include second-level navigation items (ids: folder1_sub, folder2_sub).

  • For every CMFAction you should specify: its Title - as it will be visible in Plone and its URL (Expression) - URL on a site where it will be linked to. URL should be provided in the following format:

where folder1 is a path to the object this tab should be linked to. This can be any object on the site, e.g. folder1/subfolder/page1.

  • Each CMF Action Category will include CMFActions - 2nd-level navigation items (ids: subfolder1, subfolder2,..) and CMF Action Categorys - containers for 3-rd navigation level (ids: subfolder1_sub, subfolder2_sub,..).

  • 2-nd level CMF Action Categorys will include CMFActions - 3rd-level navigation items (ids: subsubfolder1, subsubfolder2,..)

You can change items order by using Up/Down? buttons.


Changes you make in portal_actions may not immediately appear in Plone interface right after being done - this is because menu is cached (for an hour). That's why to see your drop down menu at once - go to the RAM Cache control panel (site URL/@@ramcache-controlpanel) and clear cache.

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